According to other family members, Forrester returned from the First World War and then deserted his family and simply disappeared.
His military record says he was 28 years old when he embarked from Melbourne Tuesday, 4 April 1916
ROLLSTON, David. - Beloved Husband of Elizabeth Emily and Father of Bert. Ivy (Mrs. B. N. Davis), Doris (Mrs. Tom Dell), and Esme (Mrs. Gordon Davis), and Uncle of Maisie, on 26/11/41, at Brisbane. 79 years. At Rest.
ROLLSTON, Elizabeth Emily. Widow of the late David Rollston (of Bundaberg), passed peacefully away on 26th June, at the residence of her Daughter, Doris (Mrs. T. Dell), Waverley Rd., Coorparoo, also dearly beloved Mother of Bert, Ivy (Mrs. B. N. Davis), and Esme (Mrs. G. J. Davis), and only Sister of Mrs. H. Bowser, and Aunt of Maisie.
The Courier-Mail   Thursday, 14 July 1949
Christina Beneke, of Chermside, near Brisbane, widow, died December 2, 1913; realty £375 personalty £546. Probate granted to Ernest Beneke, of Wakefield street Albion, Brisbane, sawmill owner, and Annie Louisa Eates, wife of W. M. Eates, of Chermside near Brisbane, bricklayer (executors). Atthow and McGregor, solicitors.
PROBATES AND LETTERS OF ADMINISTRATION. (1914, April 9). The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933), p. 10. Link to TROVE
ROSS - MUIR. At the Methodist Church, Ravenshoe on Saturday, August 8, a very pretty wedding took place, when Ethel Marie, daughter of Mrs. S. E. Muir, Ravenshoe, was united in the holy bonds of matrimony with Henry Francis, second son of Mr. and Mrs. Ross, Malanda. The bride, who was given away by her brother, Mr. F. Muir, looked charming in a gown of white angel skin lace over satin, made on classical lines and featuring bishop sleeves. Her veil was confined with a wreath of orange blossoms, and she carried a bouquet of white watsonia and stocks. Miss Phyllis Davis, cousin of the bride, attended as bridesmaid. Her dress was of pink lace and georgette, with hat and shoes en suite. Her bouquet was of rose colored sweet peas. The Rev. Lanham, of Herberton, was the officiating minister. Mrs. Davis presided at the organ and Mr. J. Guy was best man. The reception after the ceremony was held in the School of Arts, when Mrs. Muir, mother of the bride, received her guests, in a frock of floral crepe-de-chine, with hat and coat to match. More than 40 guests were present.
Family Notices. (1936, August 21). Townsville Daily Bulletin (Qld. : 1885 - 1954), p. 8. Link to TROVE
It is important to record as much information about Walter as soon as we can so that it doesn't become lost forever.
So if you can help with some information I am sure that Walter's family would be most pleased.
If you should know any more information about George, it would be most helpful to myself and other researchers, if you were to write with as many details that you can provide. I am sure that George would be pleased to see you taking an interest in his family history.
A 60-year-old woman was fatally injured when struck by a train at Bindha level crossing, near the COD Cannery, Northgate, at 6.40 am yesterday. She was Mrs. Bessie Short, of Mein Street, Spring Hill. Mrs, Short, who received severe head and internal injuries, died at the Brisbane General Hospital at 9.30 am.
Fatal injuries. (1954, February 25). The Courier-Mail (Brisbane, Qld. : 1933 - 1954), p. 3. Link to TROVE
The death occurred recently in Brisbane of Mrs. Bessie Short at the age of 76 years. Wife of the late Mr. Frederick Short of Townsville, she was formerly Mrs. Bessie Franklin, nee Poingdestre, daughter of Sub-Inspector of Police well known in the Gulf of Carpentaria and Peninsula. She died as the result of an accident. She is survived by her family and 23 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren. Members of her family are: Cora, Mrs. W. Assange (Sydney), Mick, Mr. Harold Franklin (Townsville), Mabel, Mrs. J. Murphy (Brisbane), Bert, Mr. Albert Franklin (Brisbane), Alt, Mr. A. Franklin (Cairns), Em, Mr. E. B. Short (Brisbane), Dot Mrs. D. Breen (Brisbane).
OBITUARY. (1954, March 18). Townsville Daily Bulletin (Qld. : 1885 - 1954), p. 2. Link to TROVE
At the time of her death her parents were recorded as Michael MADDIN and Elizabeth FLEMING and this date of death has not been verified by the author. Given that Ellen started drinking about 1911 and that it became a serious problem later in life, the details about her death could be less than accurate. The author has not been able to locate the place of burial.
In the Licensing Court on Tuesday, before Mr. S. Wilson, P.M., Thomas Maher was granted a booth license for, the race course grounds from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the occasion of the Diggers' Hack Race Meeting, on Nov. 11th.
In the same court, John Leo. Madden and Michael Carew pleaded guilty to being on the licensed premises of the Longreach Hotel on Sunday, Nov. 1st, when the premises were required by the Act to be closed; they were each fined 20/- with 3/6 costs of court, in default 3 days imprisonment.
Sergeant Hansen said that on the date named Constable Rgney saw the defendants and some other men in the yard of the hotel. The other men were lawfully on the premises, but defendants, on being questioned, admitted that they had gone for a drink.
LICENSING COURT. (1925, November 13). The Longreach Leader (Qld. : 1923 - 1954), p. 21. Link to TROVE